In the Buddhaâ€™s great discourse on the practice of mindfulness, the Maha-Satipatthana Sutta, both the object and the means of attaining it are clearly set forth. Attentiveness to the movements of the body, to the ever-changing states of the mind, is to be cultivated in order that their real nature should be known. Instead of identifying these physical and mental phenomena with the false concept of â€œself,â€ we are to see them as they really are: movements of a physical body, an aggregate of the four elements, (â€˜mahabhutasâ€™) subject to physical laws of causality on the one hand, and on the other, a flux of successive phases of consciousness arising and passing away in response to external stimuli. They are to be viewed objectively, as though they were processes not associated with ourselves but belonging to another order of phenomena.
Buddhist Meditation Techniques For All?
Some people may question as to why they should learn Buddhist meditation techniques. The fact is though that meditation, like many art forms, can only be perfected with the help of reliable, time-tested techniques.
Think about it. You wouldnâ€™t undertake any serious exercise regime without first learning the movements and repetitions associated with exercise, or even learn a dance without first studying its associated moves. Otherwise youâ€™d look like something of an uncoordinated fool, flailing around on the dance or exercise floor with no apparent structure, aim or purpose.